America’s most significant army shipbuilding firm, Huntington Ingalls Industries, declared Thursday that its Newport News Shipbuilding division formally began fabrication of the U.S. Navy’s latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Harrisburg (LPD 30). The beginning of fabrication signifies that the first 100 tons of metal has been cut.
Ingalls has shipped 11 San Antonio-class ships to the Navy and has three more under development, including LPD 30. The ship would be the 14th in the San Antonio class and the first Flight II LPD. Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) commissioned in March and is scheduled to ship in 2021.
“LPD 30 is the beginning of an exciting new period for the San Antonio class,” stated Steve Sloan, Ingalls LPD program manager.
LPD 30 would be the second Navy ship named after the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The first was a troopship bought by the Navy during World War I that served in fee from May 29, 1918, to September 25, 1919. That vessel additionally served with the Navy in the Spanish-American War under another title. Along with being the capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is home to a number of Division of Protection services together with the Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg.
Last week, the Newport News Shipbuilding unit also began producing the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Ted Stevens (DDG 128).